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Neon sign, ‘PubTab’, Plexiglas / aluminium / poly carbonate / lexan screen, E M Signs (Aust) Pty Ltd, Sandgate, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1990

Made by E. M. Signs (Australia) Pty Limited in Sandgate, New South Wales, c 1990.

The Totalizator Agency Board (TAB) was established by the New South Wales Government in 1964 following the passage of the Totalizator (Off-course Betting) Act. The legalisation of off-course betting and adoption of the totalisator as the service (rather than bookmaking) had been recommended by the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Off-the course Betting in New South Wales. Reporting in 1963, it confirmed that off-course betting was 'rife' and 'immense' in volume, calculating that there was one SP...

Summary

Object No.

2004/46/1

Object Statement

Neon sign, 'PubTab', Plexiglas / aluminium / poly carbonate / lexan screen, E M Signs (Aust) Pty Ltd, Sandgate, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1990

Physical Description

Neon sign, 'PubTab', Plexiglas / aluminium / poly carbonate / lexan screen, E M Signs (Aust) Pty Ltd, Sandgate, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1990

One double-sided electric 'PubTab' sign, green tinted Plexiglas with white neon lettering and bordering set in rectangular shaped aluminium box with rounded corners, poly carbonate/lexan screen. Top has a white sticker with red print providing warning 'Danger High Voltage ... Volts Primary 240'.

Marks

Neon lighting and white background lettering 'PUB TAB', warning sticker on top in red 'DANGER / HIGH VOLTAGE ... VOLTS PRIMARY 240'.

Dimensions

Height

330 mm

Width

1780 mm

Depth

310 mm

Production

Notes

The PubTAB signs were made by E. M. Signs (Australia) Pty Limited, at Sandgate, New South Wales. This company also produced the illuminated signage for TAB.

When PubTAB was introduced in 1983 participating hotels were issued with an illuminated sign for external display. These were replaced with new signs when Sky Channel was introduced. Also illuminated, these signs had rounded corners and read 'Pub TAB Sky Channel'. At some time in the late 1980s or early 1990s hotels commissioned their own exterior sign which simply displayed 'Pub TAB'. Like those of the TAB agencies, these signs included neonised lettering.

The designer of the TAB logo is not known. While it has been reformatted, it has remained largely unchanged since 1964. Similarly, green and white have been the corporate colours of TAB since its inception.

History

Notes

The 'Pub Tab' sign was displayed by hotels with TAB facilities up until last year. Their removal was part of the TAB's rebranding program which included a decision to discontinue differentiating between facilities in pubs (PubTAB) and clubs (Club TAB). All TAB outlets now have uniform signage to avoid any connotation that they provide a different service.

The acquired sign came into the possession of the donor at this time. As the maker of the most recent signs the company removed all PubTAB signs from hotels over the last eighteen months and installed the new ones.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of T & M Industries, 2004

Acquisition Date

11 March 2004

Cite this Object

Harvard

Neon sign, 'PubTab', Plexiglas / aluminium / poly carbonate / lexan screen, E M Signs (Aust) Pty Ltd, Sandgate, New South Wales, Australia, c. 1990 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 January 2020, <https://ma.as/344688>

Wikipedia

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